Derrick Rose’s unfortunate career decline due to injury has been well documented. Once considered the best player in the NBA, taking home the 2011 NBA MVP Award, the three-time All-Star has been battling with a number of career threatening injuries including an ACL tear in 2012, a torn meniscus in 2013/14 and a number of associated injuries.
After leaving Chicago for New York last season, Rose was uninspiring as the Knicks starting point guard and his hoping that this season, as a key cog on the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’ll be able to get himself back to the Derrick Rose levels of play that we’ve seen him at before.
Rose signed a veterans minimum $2.1 million one-year deal with the Cavs this off-season, deciding to bet on himself, playing on a contender alongside the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Kevin Love.
With Thomas missing the start of the season, Rose will have a sizable chunk of the season at the starting point guard spot. A great opportunity for himself to get minutes and prove to the rest of the NBA that he’s healthy.
Today, Rose spoke to reporters about why he decided to take the vet min and ‘bet on himself’ in Cleveland, saying that his play this season will be a chance to get teams to “pay me double” when he hits free agency this off-season, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league,” Rose said. “I get to bet on myself. That was one of the reasons I came here, I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”
It’s an awesome quote from Rose… But, seeing as he’s making $2.1 million… Pretty likely that he’ll be able to demand double that salary next year just from staying healthy. It’s lip talk but I expect that Rose means that he’ll expect teams to pay him a lot more than double.